Article on border fencing

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The article about border fencing is in Swedish.

In the latest issue of Våra Rovdjur (nr 4/2016), you can read my article about border fencing and how it affects wildlife, and large carnivores in particular. The article is based on interviews with Mae Isaksson, who lives near the border fence in Croatia, and John Linnell at NINA in Norway.

 

Persian leopards are being reintroduced to Europe.

Persian leopards are being reintroduced to Europe.

Also, in the previous issue (nr 3/2016), there is an article about the Persian leopard, which is being reintroduced to Europe. This article is based on interviews with José Ferreira at Lisbon Zoo and Ewa Wikberg at Nordens Ark.

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Expedition Brazil 2016 – Caatinga

Claudia collects scats from puma one day in September.

Claudia collects scats from puma one day in September.

For 21 days straight we have been trying to collar jaguars and pumas in Caatinga in eastern Brazil. Luck was not on our side this time. This has led to a change of plans in the expedition.

I am right now on my way out of Brazil after having spent more than five weeks here preparing for the capture campaign, taking pictures, preparing my study and – most importantly – we have been trying to collar jaguars and pumas here.

Together with team leader Claudia and the two experienced veterinarians Joares and Carlão, as well as Douglas, Neto and Ismael from Programa Amigos da Onça, we have been setting snares to collar the cats.

The area in which we work is vast and there are only very few roads and trails.

The area in which we work is vast and there are only very few roads and trails.

We worked in the vast area that is Boqueirão da Onça – a wild area of more than 8 000 km². The area is dry, thorny and dense. We have had temperatures of between 35-40 degrees Celsius for most days. Luckily the dry air makes the heat feel less intense.

In preparing the field campaign we had to bring nearly a ton of water out to the field camp, and food for seven people for a month. The capturing campaign has also been preceded by extensive work with camera traps especially over the past year by Claudia and her team, in order to see where the animals move.

Claudia and Carlão mount a radio transmitter which lets us see from the camp when an animal has stepped in the snare.

Claudia and Carlão mount a radio transmitter which lets us see from the camp when an animal has stepped in the snare.

Since the jaguar population in the area is sparse, you have to be a bit lucky even with all these preparations. We did see tracks of jaguar just a couple of days before we put out the first snares. Then after that – quiet.

Luckily, there will be another capturing campaign in November, followed by another one in the first half of next year. If everything goes according to plan, the team should be able to collar the first jaguars in Boqueirão da Onça leading us to greater knowledge and very important tools for conserving the animals in this environment.

The change in plans mean that I will return here to Brazil in the first half of 2017 to continue the work once the team has successfully collared at least one cat.

One evening Joares mimics the sound of a jaguar, hoping to catch their attention.

Meanwhile, I have been very happy to see that the crowdfunding campaign has received full funding! I wish to thank everybody that has helped out and I am looking forward to making this important work happen in 2017! Thank you once again!

And also, thank you very much for this time, Brazil, and see you soon.

Support new jaguar project

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Click the picture above to see more about the project and how to back it.

In less than a month I will travel to Brazil to study the jaguar and puma in a new project where we are putting collars on the cats. I will study the diet of the cats and especially see how much they predate on livestock. This expedition will be both a great adventure, very good for the conservation of these magnificent animals and my hope is that it will also help the local people.

I have some practical expenses for the project and I would really appreciate if you would help me, or spread the word of the project by sharing this link.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-the-jaguar-in-brazil-s-caatinga-region/x/14653359#/

Photo exhibition in Uppsala

The exhibition can be seen in Biotopia since May.

The exhibition can be seen in Biotopia since May.

For a while now you can see our photo exhibition on snow leopards at Biotopia in Uppsala. Please stop by to have a look if you happen to be passing by. The museum is definitely worth a visit with its interactive exhibitions on wildlife and nature. Entering is free.

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Jigmet Dadul mounting a trail camera to monitor the snow leopard population in Ladakh, India – one of the pictures in the exhibition.

http://biotopia.nu/

Article on the Scottish wildcat

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You can read about the Scottish wildcat in the latest issue of Våra Rovdjur that was due just a few days ago. I have interviewed Dr. Andrew Kitchener of the National Museums Scotland and the IUCN Cat Specialist Group. You also get to follow me into an enclosure where they keep this angry little cat and learn about its problems with feral domestic cats as well as what is being done to save it from extinction.

 

The article is in Swedish. Reference: Borling, J 2016, Skottlands egen vildkatt räddas, Våra Rovdjur, nr2/2016, pp. 16-18.

Talk on snow leopards on 4 February in Karlstad

You will see a lot of pictures from different places in this talk.

I will hold a talk on snow leopards and the adventures with this cat on 4 February. The talk is at 18:00 in Naturum Värmland in Karlstad, western Sweden. The talk is in Swedish and costs 60 kr. It is open to the public and you are very welcome to come and listen!

Please click here for more information: http://www.mariebergsskogen.se/bildpuff/foredrag/

Snow leopard book leading role in children’s show

Photo: Barnkanalen.

The wizards finally manage to find the djinni, which has transformed itself into the book. Photo: Barnkanalen.

We were very happy to see that yesterday the snow leopard book more or less had the leading role in the Swedish Children’s Channel show Mysteria. The episode is about a djinni – a type of desert spirit with supernatural powers – that hide from wizards by turning into a snow leopard book.

You can see the episode here, in Swedish (the part about Snöleopard is between 19:00 och 26:30):
http://www.svtplay.se/video/6049113/mysteria/mysteria-sasong-1-avsnitt-3